Understanding Letters of Recommendation

December 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Application Process

Increasingly, letters of recommendation are the make or break element of the application.  Many students and family underestimate the importance of receiving the "right" kind of recommendations.  Admissions staff read recommendations very thoroughly, looking for hints or code words that will lead to insight about an applicant. To ensure that you receive helpful, detailed recommendations, you need to take the following steps: Choose your recommend-ers carefully- Ask yourself the following: Is this teacher relevant to my college course of study? Will this teacher take the time to have a conversation about my experiences, prospective colleges, prospective paths of study?  Am I confident that he/she will write a detailed, honest account of my growth and my strengths and weaknesses? For counselors, you... Read More »